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Mets Morning News: Jacob deGrom exits start early, Mets take down Cubs

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Jacob deGrom was absolutely dominant for three innings against the Cubs, striking out eight and driving in one. The night took a turn however, when he exited early with a shoulder injury which is a different ailment from the flexor tendonitis that forced him from his previous start. Despite losing their ace, the bullpen and offense came through and the Mets took down the Cubs to take the series. They will now look to complete the sweep with Marcus Stroman on the mound.

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Jacob deGrom is in the midst of a historic season the likes of which baseball has never seen, and losing him for any period of time is not only a blow to the Mets but a blow to the game as a whole.

The ace doesn’t seem too concerned about this latest injury but is becoming increasingly frustrated with these injuries that keep popping up.

Seeing the eye-popping radar readings of Jacob deGrom’s velocity certainly looks amazing, but could it also be contributing to his injuries?

The timing of deGrom’s injury comes at a less-than-ideal time for the team, so where do they go from here if he needs to miss some time?

No matter what the tests reveal, the Mets need to play it safe and give their ace some time to recover.

Even with his injuries this year, Jacob deGrom is putting together a season for the ages.

Jonathan Villar had a tough game getting hit in the head with a throw and also making two errors, but he has been one of the best one-year pickups in league this year.

The Mets did get some encouraging injury news. Michael Conforto returned to the field for a rehab assignment with Syracuse and could be back with the team within a week.

Jeff McNeil’s return is on the horizon but he won’t be primarily a second baseman when he rejoins the team.

Dellin Betances’s latest rehab appearance did not go well.

The team announced that Citi Field will be returning to full capacity and COVID restrictions will be eased starting with the doubleheader against the Braves.

Around the National League East

The Braves placed Tucker Davidson on the injured list with forearm inflammation and recalled Kyle Muller from Triple-A.

The Atlanta bullpen blew yet another lead late in the Braves’ 10-8 loss to the Red Sox.

The Phillies placed Jean Segura on the injured list while Bryce Harper remained out of the lineup with back soreness.

Zack Wheeler outdueled Clayton Kershaw in the Phillies’ 2-0 win over the Dodgers.

Miami starter Sandy Alcantara suffered the rare indignity of pitching a complete game and losing.

The Nationals completed the sweep of the lowly Pirates with a 3-1 win.

Around Major League Baseball

Agent Scott Boras called out Major League Baseball’s attempt to crack down on illegal substances in the game and placed the blame on MLB’s shoulders.

One day after Tyler Glasnow went after MLB for this new crackdown, teammate Rich Hill was disappointed in the union’s response by not working with the league to come up with a better solution.

This whole “sticky” situation is not a great look for everyone involved but it is a mess of Major League Baseball’s own making and could have far reaching consequences.

Despite being under the microscope, Gerrit Cole returned to form against the Blue Jays but rumors are still stuck to him.

Shohei Ohtani continues to be amazing at the game of baseball, and so does Fernando Tatis Jr.

The Diamondbacks continue to be not amazing at baseball and lost their 22nd consecutive game on the road.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

On the latest episode of A Pod of Their Own, Bleed Cubbie Blue’s Sarah Sanchez joined the show to discuss the Cubs and the sticky substance scandal.

Chris McShane wrote about Taijuan Walker’s great start with the Mets.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2008, the Mets waited until late at night to fire Willie Randolph after a win over the Angels.